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Cycling in East Kilbride

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The path through the woods at Cathkin is usable on this section, but some parts are too steep, including crossfall, to cycle all the way. The path ends before the connection to Burnside Road, so it is necessary to rejoin the busy Cathkin Ro ... [more]

I had intended to head west through to the Cathkin Braes mountain biking site, but the path was too muddy to cycle, so I headed in the opposite direction instead.

The road from South Cathkin Farm joins Cathkin Road, and opposite there is a cut-through to the parallel path through the woods.

The track from Markethill Road to South Cathkin Farm passes the entrance to the former quarry and landfill site, and the surface quality only gets worse from here onwards. Large muddy puddles, and best to avoid. The muddy track joins asphal ... [more]

A track between Markethill Road and South Cathkin Farm, around the former quarry and landfill site. This is probably the best the track gets.

Cycle parking stands at the rear of the coffee chain drive-through.

A hostile road environment for anyone cycling to the Kingsgate Retail Park. The roundabout decoration does nothing to improve it.

Cycle parking at Sainsbury's Kingsgate store, as far from the front door as possible, only convenient for the fire door, and attracting a predictable level of usage.

A person on a bike leaves NCN756 on the Mavor Avenue shared footway to cross to the new retail park.

A new roundabout at Mavor Avenue/Avon Drive. It wasn't clear where the cycle route went.

The dropped kerb associated with the crossing from the NCN756 Mavor Avenue shared footway, necessary for southbound cyclists due to the blind bend at the Gateway junction, has been removed and replaced with a regular kerb.

The desire line seen in #113801 comes over the mound and onto the path seen to the right of this picture. If there is no special reason to retain the mound, it should be removed and a proper path provided as a through route from the East Ki ... [more]

The path from Logie Park splits to form a triangular junction with the East Kilbride railway path. Left for the town centre, right for towards Kingsgate.

The path to Logie Park heads to the right, but there is a desire line over the mound straight ahead to get to the railway path. See also #113803 looking from the opposite direction.

Paths connecting from the East Kilbride railway path to Halfmerke Primary School, Logie Park, and Maxwell Drive.

Steps linking from Dunblane Drive onto the East Kilbride railway path. If there was the political will, there would be a ramp here.

The East Kilbride railway path near Dunblane Drive (to the left) and Halfmerke Primary School (to the right).

The start of the railway path section of NCN756, leaving East Kilbride, at St Bryde Lane. The traffic calming strips present a hazard to turning cyclists and could easily be bypassed with a more convenient access onto the path to the left. ... [more]

A route sign for NCN756 in Old Mill Road, although I don't think Glasgow is just one mile further along the route than Rutherglen.

The former railway line through the northeastern part of East Kilbride has been converted into a cycle path, but this section at Main Street has been filled in and made into a car park.

An attempt at filtered permeability on Parkhall Street, but no provision for cycling through the road closure.

Cycle parking at East Kilbride station, one of two shelters, and a shared footway on Torrance Road.

Cycle parking at East Kilbride station. One of two shelters.

A busy junction between Kittoch Street and West Mains Road.

Glebe Street meets Hunter Street and Montgomery Street in East Kilbride Village. I never noticed when I took the photograph, but the cycle parking stands look like they may be removable.

Glebe Street and other back streets in East Kilbride Village.

Not a cycling route, but this footway crosses Stuart Street at an uncontrolled crossing near to the Priestknowe Roundabout, so is a bit difficult to cross at busy times. Traffic reduction through East Kilbride Village would help. The sal ... [more]

The dropped kerb for entering the Whitemoss Avenue underpass from Whitemoss Road has been positioned in an awkward place handier for the steps than the ramp, and is only convenient for coming from the east. There is already a dropped kerb a ... [more]

The direct route out of the Whitemoss Avenue underpass onto Whitemoss Road is blocked by car parking.

The car park entrance for the new Lidl supermarket is across the new Churchill Avenue shared cycle path. An update on #107576.

Cycle parking at the new Lidl store. The car park is outside the front door.

The path parallel to Whitemoss Avenue and then Churchill Avenue, approaching the underpass beneath Whitemoss Avenue.

Poor quality path in a park signed as shared use.

The cycle route along the Whitemoss Avenue shared footway is signed into the park, including a rather steep bit of path at the corner (seen also in #107580).

A newly improved connection between Whitemoss Road and the Whitemoss Roundabout underpasses. But no direction signs for the cycle route nearby. The bin probably doesn't have to be located in the actual cycle track either.

A warning (not triangular) of low height at the Whitemoss Roundabout.

Route signs at the Whitemoss Roundabout for the cycle route to Brancumhall, but the Health Centre pointed to is not the closest health centre to this location, and so could be confusing.

The start of the cycle track for the Whitemoss Roundabout diverging from the carriageway of Kingsway. It could be extended back along the verge to meet the cycle track from the Birniehill Roundabout.

The Birniehill Roundabout cycle track merges onto the Kingsway carriageway, but there is room for it to continue off-road until the Whitemoss Roundabout where another cycle track starts. Again, tyre tracks in the mud and grass give away the ... [more]

A new 'No Entry' sign for the resurfaced cycle off-ramp from Churchill Avenue at the Murray Roundabout, but no longer any signs for local routes 2 and 3. So close to the town centre, but no wayfinding.

The path seen being widened in #107574, and now officially shared use, alongside Churchill Avenue in East Kilbride.

An ancient 'No Cycling' sign at an underpass at the Centre Roundabout.

The accumulating mud on the cycle track at the Righead Roundabout shows that, despite conditions, people are using it. The underpass on the right leads to cycle tracks on the other sides of the roundabout.

The cycle track leaves the Queensway carriageway in time for the Righead Roundabout. There is plenty of room for it to have been off-road all the way along here.

The Queensway footway changes from asphalt to slabs, and shimmies to the side slightly. The drainage is poor.

The Queensway footway resumes at Falkland Drive.

Car parking on the underpass cycle track at Falkland Drive.

Very poor sightlines where the path from the ramp of the footbridge and from Lindores Drive meets the Queensway footway.

Links to local streets from the north side of the Queensway footbridge.

Lots of barriers on the southern side of the Queensway footbridge at Sudbury Crescent.

Footbridge across Queensway, linking Sudbury Crescent and Lindores Drive, and other local streets. But no dropped kerb at the base of the ramp.

Path junctions outside Westwood Road underpass from Dunedin Park. Duncanrig Secondary School is to the right.

No dropped kerb at end of path at Columbia Way.

A ramped footbridge to cross Westwood Road and access Westwood Square shops.

No Cycling at Westwood Square.

Cycle parking at Westwood Square shops.

The Mossneuk cycleway changes from unsegregated to line segregated path, although it isn't signed as such, for the final section to Newlands Road. The crossing footpath has priority over the cycleway.

The Mossneuk cycleway crosses Wellesley Crescent and heads over to Newlands Road.

The Mossneuk cycle route crossing Mossneuk Road.

The Mossneuk cycle route leaves Pitcairn Place to cross to the other side of Mossneuk Road just along from the bus stop.

The Mossneuk cycle route continues along Pitcairn Crescent to the left, but takes a detour to join the footway of Mossneuk Road first.

Still no dropped kerb on Strathtay Avenue at the start of the Mossneuk cycle route.

No proper connecting path between the back of Hairmyres Hospital and Strathtay Avenue, even though this is the way to the nearest cycle route.

Additional cycle parking stands at Hairmyres Hospital, including a Commonwealth Games 2014 rack, and some bolt-down stands.

Cycle parking at Hairmyres Hospital. If there was a proper network of cycle infrastructure around here, perhaps more would cycle.

The footbridge across the railway in #113719 leads to the busy Eaglesham Road and there is no pedestrian crossing to help people get to either the bus stop or Hairmyres Hospital a short distance away.

The railway footbridge from Tennant Avenue to Eaglesham Road (and towards Hairmyres Hospital) has steps at one end, and they look like they need replacing, so let's have a ramp instead.

The path from Queensway to Tennant Avenue appears to suffer from ponding, and is covered in mud. There's also no easy way onto the carriageway for cyclists due to the parking.

Although the lighting has been replaced in recent years, the path from the bus stop on Queensway to Tennant Avenue (and onwards to Hairmyres Hospital) is narrow, has poor quality paving, and has no dropped kerbs at its crossing with Linwood ... [more]

The steps on the southwest side of the Queensway footbridge have been shut due to deteriorating concrete, leaving only the steps to the southeast for users. Perhaps it's time this footbridge was replaced.

Not only has the footbridge got steps and no ramp, but it is also in the way of the Queensway shared-use footway.

Is this the correct sign for a narrowing with barriers?

A missing section of asphalt on the Glen Road path.

I didn't venture further than this excavation to see how little stands in the way of connecting Carmunnock Road to Stewartfield Way and the East Kilbride path network.

Carmunnock Road ends within sight of Stewartfield Way, and has the potential to connect with the East Kilbride path network and provide a cycle route to Glasgow.

There's a bend ahead if you can get through the flytipping!

Viewpoint.

What's wrong with this picture? Wondering why #cycling is forbidden in East Kilbride underpass which connects to a shared use path just 50 metres away. #activetravel #eastkilbride @SLLeisCulture @southlanarkshi2 https://t.co/e1VV8TItdI

I wonder if the @PoliceScotland “safety camera” van beside their offices at Shawfield today can see the road for all those cars parked on double yellow lines & across a cycle lane? And whose cars might they be..? Let me guess. https://t ... [more]

Cycle parking at Blantyre station.

The ford at Hole. Although the water is still high, it is no longer overflowing onto the roadway.

Holehouse Road closed on the approach to the ford, although the ford itself was not overflowing.

Sharp and narrow turn on crossing on NCR 756. Lamp post further obstructs turning space for bicycle.

Extremely busy crossing on NCR 756. Either have to step out into traffic when queuing or wait for driver to give way. Pedestrian island between lanes is barely wide enough to accommodate bicycle.

Busy bus stop on shared path on NCR 756. High traffic noise means people often cannot hear bike bell.

Traffic lights obstructing shared use path on NCR 756

Blind bend on shared path as part of NCR 756

Steps only access to NCR756 at Rosslyn Ave, East Kilbride

The path from Peel Park Place climbing up from the railway bridge to Eaglesham Road at Hairmyres.

A gate across half the path into the K-Woodlands.

A bridge on the path from Hairmyres to Peel Park Place.

A gate to get into the K-Woodlands, but with a bike-friendly opening lever.

A short flight of steps links Peel Park Place to the path to Hairmyres.

A bike locked to a bollard advertising Pedal Zone off Peel Park Place.

The cycle route into East Kilbride crosses Glenburn Way, but ends at the next junction at #31505. Since this road is one-way, a sign to diagram 810 would be appropriate here to inform those crossing.

Give way to a dismantled bus stop?

The cycle route into East Kilbride follows Queensway.

Not only does the cycle route cross Stewartfield Way at this split pedestrian crossing, and not a toucan crossing with the extra call buttons, but the sign for the cycle route into East Kilbride is pointing the wrong way! There are no furth ... [more]

The cycle route into East Kilbride crosses Stewartfield Way at this split pedestrian crossing.

The narrow footway here forms part of the East Kilbride to Thorntonhall and Eaglesham cycle route. A pedestrian shown for scale.

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